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1Sif Johansson Marine unit, DG Environment Marine Strategy Framework Directive: implementation process at EU levelDear EMECO colleagues,I would have liked to participate to share information on the outlook for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive work ahead. Work is however so busy at the moment that I couldn’t justify the trip.Here’s some information you may find useful.Sif Johansson Marine unit, DG Environment
2Marine Strategies - Implementation milestones By 15 July 2012:Description and assessment of current environmental status, including the environmental impact of human activitiesDetermination of good environmental statusEstablishment of environmental targets and associated indicatorsBy 15 July 2014:Monitoring programmeAs a Framework Directive, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive foresees a number of elements that Member States have to elaborate to achieve ‘good environmental status’ and the associated objectives of the Directive.First and foremost in this time period, three important deliverables will set the scene of their future marine strategies: (a) the initial assessment; (b) the operational objectives determining ‘good environmental status’; (c) the associated environmental targets and indicators. By two years later, MS should also have set up their monitoring programmes that cover the information needs of their strategies comprehensively.
3Art. 8, 9, 10 MSFDGenerally speaking, the broad notion of ‘indicators’ has different functions under the MSFD:The purely descriptive and factual (what is current status)the normative (what is the status vs. how it should be)the direction (if we are not in good status, are we moving in the right direction as regards e.g. the pressures on the status)
4Marine Strategies - Implementation milestones Marine Strategies will culminate with:Programme of measures towards good environmental status – by 2015Achieve Good Environmental Status – by 2020In 2015, the measures that are necessary to achieve good environmental status should be in place in a programme.- A lot of MS work will be undertaken in the context of the ongoing protection of their marine waters in their basins, i.e. in the ‘regional sea conventions’Provisions on conditionality (exceptions etc.) can be used and the strategy elements should be reviewed periodically to allow for adaptive management as new information and insights arise: the MSFD foresees a 6-yearly review of each of the strategy elementsData and information (e.g. from the monitoring programmes) will be shared with EC and EEA for the performance of their tasks; such data and information sharing arrangements could also provide benefits to others.
5Some key concepts: Regional approach, specific to each sea basin Building upon existing activities developed in the framework of regional seas conventionsAdaptive management, with regular review (every 6 years)Art. 19 specific provisions on data to EEA
6INITIAL STRUCTURE (2009-2010) COM MS RSC, … Input to WG The EU-level working system now in place to promote the implementation of the MSFD consists of:The official committee created by the MSFD;A more open and inclusive work structure consisting of Marine Directors (whose first meeting was last Friday 29 May), the Marine Strategy Coordination Group where not only MS but also stakeholder organisations can participate; a limited number of working groups who will work on the issues highlighted in this presentation, namely the normative ‘criteria and methodological standards’ for good environmental status and the information exchange and infrastructure.COMMSRSC, …Input to WGINITIAL STRUCTURE ( )
7EU Commission adoption of the GES 15 July 2010 20091st WG Economic and Social Assessment (ESA)30 Oct2nd WG Good Environmental Status (GES)16 NovMarine Strategy Coordination Group23 NovCommittee24 NovMarine Directors30 Nov – 1 DecPreliminary 20102nd WG Economic and Social Assessment (ESA)early March3rd WG Good Environmental Status (GES)mid-March2nd WG Data, Information and Knowledge Exchange (DIKE)springGES documents to the EU Parliament by early April 2010EU Commission adoption of the GES 15 July 2010